LANCELIN

Lancelin is a small fishing town nestled between the ocean and sand dunes, an hour’s drive north of Perth.

The town stretches along the edge of a natural bay which is protected from the Indian Ocean by outer reefs and islands. The protected waters of the bay are ideal for swimming, fishing, boating and using small watercraft and water activities dominate the town’s leisure activities. It is also the safe anchorage for a picturesque fleet of rock lobster boats, which creates a hive of activity during the day around the two jetties.

The reefs provide the perfect environment for snorkelling, scuba diving, surfing and wave sailing. Equipment for all activities can be hired in town. There are also many shipwrecks for the experienced scuba diver to explore. Lancelin is the gateway to a world renowned dive trail. There are 14 wrecks along the coastline allowing for spectacular diving.

Lancelin is an international Mecca for windsurfers due to the ideal wind and water conditions.

To the east, the town is bordered by endless snow-white sand dunes, which are heaven for sand boarders, dune buggy drivers, motor bikers and four wheel drivers. Dune buggy racing in the sand dunes is a popular recreational pastime. The peaks of these sand dunes give a spectacular panoramic lookout over the township, surrounding sand hills, farmlands, coastline, islands and ocean.

Around the point, Back Beach is safe for body-boarding, surfing and swimming, with plenty of hideaways for sunbathing.

There is an abundance of marine wildlife. Sea lions reside on Lancelin Island and regularly inspect the activities in the bay. Lancelin is also home to dolphins that frequent the bay daily and are only too willing to show off their catch of fish to spectators. There are also huge pods of dolphins and the occasional seal outside the bay, pleasing locals and tourists alike.

Birdlife and wildflowers are plentiful, with bird sanctuaries on the islands and nearby nature reserves ablaze with wildflowers during spring.

Lancelin has grown with tourism and many businesses have sprung up to cater for the visitors. Terri Paterson Real Estate offers a number of properties for holiday rental. The town has many fine restaurants, cafes and takeaway food venues as well as surf wear &hire, groceries, clothing, newsagency, Australia Post, bakeries, liquor & more.

 

LEDGE POINT

Ledge Point is a small coastal township an hour’s drive north of Perth, Western Australia. It was established to service the local fishing and crayfishing industries & boasts beautiful beaches. Ledge Point has a grass green golf course, tennis courts, bowling greens, Country Club, Beachsands Store – liquor, newsagency, Australia Post, groceries & many more small businesses in town. 

 

 

 
   

 

The area is well known as a windsurfing venue, and in January each year the prestigious Ledge Point to Lancelin Windsurfing Classic draws competitors from around the world.

In 1963, divers discovered the wreck of the Dutch ship VerguldeDraeck (Gilt Dragon) which sunk after striking a nearby reef on 28 April 1656. The area is also known for the wreck of a new oil rig, Key Biscayne, which toppled over in storms in 1983 around 10 nautical miles (19 km) offshore whilst under transport.